Discovering Marvelous Munda in the Solomon Islands

 

During my two weeks in the Solomon Islands, I explored Honiara, Gizo and literally took a 10min flight to Mundo from Gizo! My dive computer did not even recognize it as a flight we were so low in the sky. I had a window seat and took great photos and video. The Solomon Islands include 900 islands, 600,000 people, 90 languages and nine provinces. Where will you explore first?

VIDEOIt’s time to leave Gizo and Fly to Munda, Solomon Islands

Where to stay in Munda?

I stayed at Agnes Gateway Hotel which has been open for over fifty years and is owned by a local family. It is on the shore of the Roviana Lagoon and where you can find Dive Munda for all your dives! We ate at the restaurant on site and enjoyed incredible sunrises and sunsets over the water.

VIDEO: Where to stay in Munda? Agnes Gateway Hotel, Solomon Islands

Where to dive in Munda?

I was able to dive for two days with the team at Dive Munda. During a 71 min dive at Shark Point, we saw a turtle who stayed with us for awhile. There were both black tip and white tip reef sharks as well as all sizes clams, trigger fish guarding their eggs, juvenile spotted drum, three large moray eels, and many types anemone and clown fish!

VIDEOCome underwater with Dive Munda and me

On my second day I went to wrecks and reefs. We saw sharks, an eagle ray, cuttlefish and many schools of fish.  Our wreck dives included the Airacobra Wreck at 90 feet and a Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber from World War 2. For our third dive we went to Barry’s Breakfast and saw a school of barracuda!

It was a great day and we had good fresh fish to eat too. During our surface interval we went to Lumbaria island which was a forward base for JFK during World War 2 (see the video below).

VIDEO: Wreck Diving with Dive Munda Solomon Islands

What is there to do around Munda?

VIDEO: Discover Lubaria Island, JFK and World War 2

I went by boat to Lubaria Island where JFK was stationed during World War II.

A new monument was added at Lubaria Island on August 3, 2017

In the photo above taken by Susan K. Bejeckian: “Minister of Culture and Tourism (second from the left) Bartholowmew Parapola and Commander Dan Balsinger United States Senior Defense Official, Defense Attache (right) unveil a monument on Lubaria Island in the Western Province.  Standing at (left) is Western Provincial Deputy Premier Maloney Lopoto.  The unveiling of the monument is part of the commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of World War II Battle of the Guadalcanal events held August 3, 2017 in the Solomon Islands.”

VIDEO: Seeing Skull Island and the history of Headhunting in the Solomon Islands

VIDEO: Visit the Peter Joseph WW2 Museum in Munda 

VIDEO: Marvelous Munda Sunset at Agnes Gateway Hotel, Solomon Islands

Useful Phrases:

Thank you: Tanggio

Thank you very much: Tanggio tumas

Good: gud tumas, nambawan

How are you? Yu hao?

I am fine, Thanks: Mi Oraet, tanggio tumas

Thank you to the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau for arranging my trip and helping me learn about the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal.

Want to know more about the Solomon Islands?

Read my articles:

Saturday Evening Post: A World War II Hero Remembers Guadalcanal

Where to Go in Gizo, Solomon Islands?

What Famous History Happened in Honiara, Solomon Islands?

See my segment for The Jet Set TV on the Solomon Islands.

Thank you! Lisa Niver 

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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